Body Rub Parlour Owner Gets Red Light From Court of Appeal

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A case that tested whether a municipality overstepped its jurisdiction in trying to regulate operating hours of a body rub parlour in Vaughan may be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In Her Majesty the Queen and The Regional Municipality of York v. Tsui Justice Sarah Pepall of the Court of Appeal for Ontario last week overturned previous lower court rulings and ruled in favour of the municipality and ordered a new trial. “Obviously I’m pleased with the decision. I think it was a big win for municipalities. It clarifies the scope in which municipalities can legislate to suppress conditions that are conducive to crime. It kind of expanded upon the scope in which municipalities can regulate,” says Chris Bendick, senior counsel, prosecutions, court services with the Regional Municipality of York.